Free Newsletters - Space News - Defense Alert - Environment Report - Energy Monitor
. Space Travel News .




SPACE TRAVEL
Groundbreaking space exploration research at UH
by Staff Writers
Hilo HI (SPX) Aug 21, 2013


Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation program researchers emerge after being isolated in the habitat for 118 days.

On the desolate slopes of Mauna Loa on the Big Island, 8,200 above sea level, sits a geodesic dome. A remote habitat where the University of Hawai?i at Manoa and Cornell University are performing ground breaking research on long duration space travel.

The Hawai?i Space Exploration Analog and Simulation program (HI-SEAS) reached a significant milestone on August 13, 2013, when six researchers emerged after being isolated in the habitat for 118 days.

"It's been a great success and it's paved the way for three more years of this kind of research," said Kim Binsted, a UH Manoa associate professor and the HI-SEAS principal investigator. "NASA is thrilled with what we have done so far and is looking forward more."

After four months of being cut off from the rest of the world, the researchers enjoyed a breakfast of fresh fruits and other goodies. The main focus of the first HI-SEAS mission was a food study-meals cooked by the crew versus traditional pre-prepared astronaut meals, all while simulating the living and working experience of a real planetary mission.

"Based on this study we'll be able to offer a strategy that optimizes everything and is a good balance between, on the one hand, not wasting too much time preparing your food and wasting to many resources but on the other hand, keeping your crew fit and healthy," said HI-SEAS researcher Angelo Vermeulen.

"You definitely need the ability to express yourself, take away some of that boredom and menu fatigue but you also want some of the efficiency that comes along with those days that you are really busy and you just want to make something quick," added fellow HI-SEAS researcher and crew member Sian Proctor.

The researchers also worked on a number of different projects, like exploring the local geological features in mock space suits, and a study on anti-microbial t-shirts that could be worn for months. NASA has awarded $1.2 million to the HI-SEAS program to fund three more missions aimed at overcoming what the space agency calls "red risks."

"So these are problems we need to solve before we can send people on long duration space flights," said Binsted. "And crew cohesion, that very question, how do keep astronauts sane and happy and productive on a long duration mission is a red risk and we are going to go a long way of solving that."

A mission to Mars is the ultimate goal, a journey that would take just under four years. Thanks to the HI-SEAS program and the habitat built in partnership with the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems, the University of Hawai?i is on the forefront of space exploration research.

"We've got all sorts of researchers knocking at our door to come and have their projects be run at this site so yes it is a wonderful opportunity for the state and the university," said Binsted.

It is also an amazing opportunity for UH students.

"I thought it was pretty tremendous that I got to be involved in something great like HI-SEAS, in my own backyard," said UH Manoa student Ileana Argyris, who worked on the project.

"We have had several UH students working on this project and we will have them working on the project in the future and maybe even going into the habitat as crew members in the future," said Binsted.

Planning for the next mission is underway as the crewmembers from the first mission adjust to life back on Earth.

"I am loving feeling the breeze against me," said Proctor after the mission ended. "Even the warmth of the sun, on my face. That's nice."

.


Related Links
HI-SEAS
Space Tourism, Space Transport and Space Exploration News






Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News





SPACE TRAVEL
Next Generation of Explorers Takes the Stage
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 21, 2013
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on Tuesday formally welcomed the eight newest candidates to the astronaut corps and unveiled a space exploration roadmap that makes clear the global community is working together on a unified deep space exploration strategic plan, with robotic and human missions to destinations that include near-Earth asteroids, the moon and Mars. At NASA's Johnson Space C ... read more


SPACE TRAVEL
ISRO pins hopes on GSLV-D5

Lockheed Martin Selects CubeSat Integrators for Athena to Enhance Launch Systems Integration

Russia to resume Proton-M rocket launches in mid-September

Roscosmos denies plans to launch Proton rocket from Baikonur on Sept 15

SPACE TRAVEL
Snapping Pictures of the Martian Moons

Mars Rover Opportunity Working at Edge of 'Solander'

MRO Swapping Motion-Sensing Units

Opportunity Reaches Base of 'Solander Point'

SPACE TRAVEL
NASA Selects Launch Services Contract for OSIRIS-REx Mission

Environmental Controls Move Beyond Earth

Bad night's sleep? The moon could be to blame

Moon Base and Beyond

SPACE TRAVEL
Pluto Science Conference Exceeds Expectations

SciTechTalk: Grab your erasers, there are more moons than we thought

NASA Hubble Finds New Neptune Moon

NASA finds new moon on Neptune

SPACE TRAVEL
Study: Planets might be 'born free' without a parent star

Distant planet sets speed record by orbiting its star every 8.5 hours

Kepler planet hunter spacecraft is beyond repair: NASA

Astronomers Image Lowest-mass Exoplanet Around a Sun-like Star

SPACE TRAVEL
ISRO may use standy engine to launch GSLV

ATK Awarded Contract by Orbital Sciences to Support Stratolaunch System

Avionics: The Central Nervous System of NASA's Space Launch System

NASA's Space Launch System Completes Preliminary Design Review

SPACE TRAVEL
China launches three experimental satellites

Medical quarantine over for Shenzhou-10 astronauts

China's astronauts ready for longer missions

Chinese probe reaches record height in space travel

SPACE TRAVEL
Sleeping spacecraft to be awakened for new asteroid hunts

Radar Images of Asteroid 2005 WK4

Researchers identify 12 'easy' candidates for asteroid mining

New NASA Mission to Help Us Learn How to Mine Asteroids




The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement